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All below are just opinions so here's another... (archive)

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Posted by SL on February 28, 2001 at 08:30:59:

In Reply to: How good is the BMW Mesh Roll Hoop Windscreen? posted by Marc on February 28, 2001 at 02:12:08:

Rear windscreens suck. All of them. They detract significantly from the "convertible" experience and you'd about as well buy some coupe with a T-top or a moonroof if you're going to use one of the silly things constantly.

As one poster below put it, they add a "sense of privacy" which means it makes you feel more closed-in, which is the antithesis of what a roadster is all about (if you're doing something you don't want people to see buy a sedan with mirror-tint all around). You bought one of the few roadsters left that doesn't make you feel like you're sitting in a trench popping your head up just enough to scope out the enemy, so why screw it up?

That said, I must acknowledge that I do own a windscreen and they do attenuate cockpit buffeting to some extent --but IMO wind is part of the roadster experience and is only unpleasant in unusually strong crosswinds or temperatures that are very marginal for top-down driving in the first place. When I do use the windscreen it's most often to placate my passenger. So yeah go ahead and buy one if you need it for that.

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